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On April 13, 2016, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives agreed to changes made by the Senate on Senate Bill 3 (the medical marijuana bill), making Pennsylvania one of 24 states enacting laws legalizing medical marijuana. This does not mean that medical marijuana is now available. It will take approximately 18 months for the entire medical … Read moreA Medical Marijuana Update
When a physician is responsible for performing an isolated assessment of an individual’s health or disability for an employer, business, or insurer, a limited patient-physician relationship should be considered to exist. Both “Industry Employed Physicians” (IEPs), who are employed by businesses or insurance companies for the purpose of conducting medical examinations, and Independent Medical Examiners” … Read moreWhat is the role of the physician in an IME?
Pennsylvania is considering implementing a more formal prescription drug monitoring system to help prevent addiction and “doctor shopping”. Since prescription pain killers are a main gateway to drug addiction, consider how prevention and monitoring could potentially affect costs and treatment. Continue Reading >>
An Independent Medical Exam is a valuable tool in the evaluation of an injured party. A medical practitioner other than the treating physician conducts the exam in order to provide an un-biased expert opinion. Situations where an IME plays a key role in helping to gather information include workers’ compensation claims, accident and personal injury … Read moreWhat is an IME?
An IME may be necessary in a variety of situations. For example, in a workers’ compensation claim, it may be necessary to help determine if the injury is work-related. In an accident or injury claim, an IME will help decide if the examinee’s condition is consistent with the claimed injury mechanism. In reviewing medical care, … Read moreWhy is an IME scheduled?
Medical Records Reviews are the examination and evaluation of records relating to a person’s condition or injury. Attorneys, insurance adjustors and others interested in determining the status of an injured party utilize record reviews. Records Reviews can address some of the same issues as an IME but usually focus on medical necessity and reasonableness of … Read moreWhat is an Independent Medical Records Review?
Depending upon the jurisdiction, Medical Impairment Ratings may need to be performed by physicians familiar with, and in some cases, registered/certified to perform, ratings that are determined using a guide published by the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Tucker is certified in Pennsylvania to perform these examinations. Further, he was a reviewer for the current … Read moreWhat is a Certified Impairment Rating Exam?
In some cases, the medical expert is asked to study the underlying facts of the case, prepare a report and then give testimony on the report. Tucker IME’s expert physicians have the full support of an in-house nurse case manager and a legal team along with a quarter century track record of success in the … Read moreWhat is Expert Witness Testimony?